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English/Language Arts


All Bret Harte students take a year long English Language Arts course.

We offer English Language Arts courses at different levels of instruction to meet the needs of all of our students. 

We offer a grade level English Language Course for students in both grade levels.

We have English Language Development (ELD) courses for our emerging bilingual students.

English Language Arts Teachers

Janette Johnson, Department Chair: Puente 7 & 8, English Language Arts 8

Christopher Rinaldi: English Language Arts 8

Marcia Greer: English Language Arts 7, Literature 7

Jennifer Smith: English Language Arts 7 & 8

Alex Kopel: English Language Arts 7

Paul Lai: English Language Arts 8

California Assessment of Student

Performance and Progress

The CAASPP test is administered each year in May to all of our 7th and 8th grade students.  This is a measure used by the state and federal governments to understand how students are learning and to better allocate funds to schools to support student instruction.

CAASPP tests are based on the Common Core Standards for each subject area.  In English Language Arts there are supporting standards taught in Science and Social Science, mainly related to informational text and understanding how to support a claim with evidence.

CAASPP annual scores for your students are available to parents through the online Parent Portal.